“Bacchus & Me” and I

Aside from a slew of guidebooks and The Omnivore’s Dilemma on CD, I brought 2 books to read on the trip: Bacchus and Me and Wine and War. Initially I was reading Wine and War and really it is just OK. I’m gonna give it more of a chance, but I’m 50 pages in and I haven’t been hooked yet.

Opposite for Bacchus & Me. It’s a rather quick read (I’m more than halfway done in 2 short pre-sleep sessions). I love McInerney’s writing. I always have. I like it even more when he is writing about wine. My favorite quote thus far:

When writing Grüner Veltliner as the perfect vegetarian wine:

“Like girls and boys locked away in same-sex prep schools, most wines yearn for a bit of flesh.”

I really enjoy the laid-back (though intelligent) way the book is written; the wine comparisons to Lennon & McCartney, admitting he gets too drunk to sometimes remember the details, and of course I always appreciate a reference to Prada shoes or suits.

And I learned something. McInerney posits that German and Austrian labels are notoriously confusing.  Yesterday when wine tasting I saw the term Kabinett on a bottle of Austrian Gewürtztraminer, I knew what it meant.

But who is this Helen Turley person that McInerney seems to be so gaga about?

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Educational and delicious at the same time

He hasn’t touched the quiz. It’s just sitting there, kind of crumpled, languishing on the chair. Be brave. You can do it.


He’s not totally slacking though: He’s been reading Jay McInerney’s Bacchus and Me: Adventures in the Wine Cellar, I book I greatly enjoyed myself. And not just because I’ve had a crush on Jay since like 1988. Well, that’s part of the reason. In fact, he is the only reason I subscribed to House and Garden; the wine column was so good. And that cute little picture of Jay that accompanied it… Damn I miss it (the column–I have a picture of him). And I told him so when I went to a book signing for The Good Life. Held up the queue a bit, but it was worth it. And I swear he winked at me.

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